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The Mattaponi River is the confluence of three rivers and is also the stunning metaphor for a place where three races have lived inextricable histories for generations. Indeed, the stories in Mattaponi Queen gather like converging waters until the narrative world is coursing and undeniable. A few lives leak away from the Mattaponi, others never leave its banks, but character and place are one in this world so unapologetically evoked by Belle Boggs' beautiful, direct prose, and tension is not so much a few events as it is a constancy that is occasionally emerged from, the water moccasin head above the
water . . . and then not . . .
A Virginian myself, I bought this because I enjoy books/stories that have a local flavor. Ms. Boggs is an excellent writer with a bright future. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jimbo57
I enjoyed the unique voices portrayed in these stories, how they intertwined and painted a rich picture of the people and places. Lovely all around.Published 22 months ago by Ayn
This was an excellent read. I had the privilege to meet and take a seminar from Belle Boggs. She is an exceptional person and author.Published on December 26, 2012 by Sandra Thomas
The book is composed of a series of longish "short" stories. A few of them fall into predictable plot paths, but most are fresh and vivid and engrossing. Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by Allie T.
I relied on Southern LIving to suggest a book. The three books I read from their list were all disappiontments. The cover of this book is lovely. Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by Meddie Finnegan
I do not usually care for short stories but I tried Mattaponi Queen on the recommendation of a friend and am so glad I did. Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by Susan K. Morikawa